Versatile Vittsjo (More IKEA Hack Ideas!)
July 18, 2012
Thanks so much everyone for the kind comments on yesterday’s IKEA hack of the Vittsjo shelving unit! We’re loving the sleek modern look of the new shelves along the wall in the study. I did some research online and found a few ideas for even more alternatives to this versatile piece, with product suggestions for transforming them yourself, here ya go!
Spray paint a set for a bright bold statement to add a punch of color to a plain wall. I can see them in all the colors: cherry red, Kelly green, peacock blue, so fun!
shelving image via Better Homes & Gardens
Industrial chic is all the rage, and the nesting tables can transform with some gray primer and stained wood planks. For a look less painted and more like metal, check out Freckled Laundry’s faux zinc tutorial.
table image sources from Ballard Designs
You can use the very same products to get a look similar to this railroad tie shelf from Viva Terra (minus the X along the back) with the taller unit.
image source: Viva Terra
I’m crazy about the new West Elm white + whitewashed shelving unit – get a similar look with the Vittsjo with white spray paint and wood planks treated with white wash pickling stain (or follow this simple whitewash technique with paint!)
shelving image via West Elm
Perhaps a glam version of the nesting tables? Keep the tempered glass top or change it out for mirror from a local glass shop. Spray paint the base shiny chrome or silver leaf the frame for a sophisticated take made to look like Horchow’s coffee tables.
Coffee table image via Horchow
Or do what Ana Antunes did to her VITTSJÖ and spray paint them gold to look like a more expensive brass étagère.
Our own hack was a white + dark stained plywood shelf version, see this post for the full story!
I love a clever IKEA hack, their furniture is so versatile! From Billys to Malms to Expedits to Hemnes, they’re all a fabulous blank canvas to work up a creative alternative and make them your own. See the entire VITTSJÖ collection here (round coffee table, TV stand, and console table too!)
There are plenty of great ideas over at IkeaHackers, have you visited? What’s your favorite IKEA hack you’ve seen lately (or transformed yourself!) ?